Tuesday evening we held our third Town Hall Meeting on Child Abuse and Neglect. We had a great turnout and heard from several Foster Parents. We are going to hold some additional Town Hall type meetings in neighboring districts. We will be at Webb City on Monday the 25th at Granny Schaffer's. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM. December 12 we will be at the Lampo building in Neosho at 6:00 PM also. My committee is now preparing it's report for the Speaker and the Senate and we will meet in full committee on the 11th of December to plan next years agenda.
Thursday we travelled to Kansas City for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce yearly meeting and awards banquet. Ten Legislators out of 197 were given the Chamber award for a 100% voting record on Economic Development issues. I was proud to be one of the ten! The banquet was held in Kansas City's Union Station. Boy what an impressive building. They have done a wonderful job of restoring it to its former grandeur and we really enjoyed the evening.
We found our way to the Newton County fairgrounds Saturday night for the 4-H Awards Night. They served a great meal and we saw literally dozens of kids rewarded for their efforts with trophy's, medals, and certificates testifying that they were the best of the best. 4-H serves young people in urban as well as rural areas and many times the lessons learned there set the stage for a future career. My hat is really off to the MU Extension Staff and our local Council Officers for all the long hot hours spent guiding these young people. Congratulations to all the participants in the Awards ceremony.
Congratulations are also in order for the Seneca football Team. They won handily at Eldon last week, which sets up a great semifinal game with John Burroughs High on Saturday at Seneca. Those boys have certainly had a great season! Webb City and Lamar also advanced to the semifinal round which just proves that Southwest Missouri can not only lead the state in test scores, we can play football too!
Speaking of test scores, there seems to be some additional opposition to Common Core Implementation. The program has captured national attention as well. My major objection is that, much like the Affordable Care Act, we can't get accurate information about the darned thing. The House and Senate Interim Committees spent all summer trying to get The Department of Education to testify, but the Secretary of Education still refuses to answer questions about the content and future plans for changes and additions to the curriculum. Statements from the department like "you're going to get it whether you like it or not" have the effect of aggravating the Senate who can very effectively control DESE's budget. Personally, I like the idea of local control of curriculums. Our elected School Boards, working within the limits set by the State Legislature is the way the education was intended by the framers, not adhering to a set of standards set by a group of Governor's in order capture more stimulus money. Oh well, we will just wait and see.
Jane and I went over to the Pineville Grill for lunch Saturday and met Mr. Kole Lewis who proudly displayed his 8-point buck! Kole is 6 years old and is now hooked! To start your hunting career with a buck that nice is really something!